Similar to great ideas of controlling smart TVs with hand gestures, this smart app BrainWave works with hand gestures too in a way to control music players without touching the screen of your smart phones or tablets.
Three simple hand gestures are currently recognized by this app—Hold your open palm above the screen to play or pause a song, swipe right to advance to the next song, or swipe left to go back to the beginning of a playing song or a previous track.
When you first run this app, it shows you an interactive tutorial where you can practise the three gestures with the front facing camera of a mobile device. Once that’s done, select a music player then control it with only hand gestures.
It has a long list of music players supported by this app. To name a few, there are Google Play Music, Pandora, Spotify, MusiXMatch, Songza, JetAudio, PowerAmp, iHeart Radio, Samsung Galaxy stock music player and many more.
BrainWave works even when the screen is off in sleep mode, but of course it doesn’t work when it’s in the dark preventing the app from recognizing hand gestures through the camera. And beware, if you want to use your device to take a selfie or wefie, or use any other apps that need the camera, it won’t work before you stop BrainWave from running in the background.
As of this writing, this app is in beta and I think it has room for enhancement in future versions. Now I find it easier to capture movements of swiping left and right than recognizing the gesture to pause the music player, but your mileage may vary.
This short video from the developer shows how this app works:
BrainWave Music Control — Free Mobile App of the Week
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